5.5-inch iPhone 6 launch may be pushed to 2015 due to production issues
5.5-inch iPhone 6 launch date might be pushed back to 2015 due to the production issues. “iPhone 6” is gearing up to be one of the biggest and most highly anticipated iPhone launches in the company’s history.
Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities said -
“We think the 5.5-inch model will also have issues with the yield rate of in-cell touch panel and color unevenness of metal casing. Indeed, these problems will likely be even more complicated with a larger size. In addition, from a technical perspective, we don’t expect sapphire cover, used for the first time on the 5.5-inch model, will easily pass the drop test near term. We are conservative about 5.5-inch iPhone launching by end-2014. Even if the product is launched in 2014, it is likely to take place after mid-4Q14, which is later than the September-October of consensus, with shipments being lower than consensus of 15- 20mn units.”
Sapphire glass is likely to be used for the entire front surface of the iPhone 6, and is one of the most significant hardware changes in the next model. This kind of glass is incredibly hard, making it very scratch-resistant. Use of this costly sapphire as a display material, was limiting the production of the alleged iPhone 6 with 5.5-inch display. Kuo does not expect the 5.5-inch sapphire front panel could “easily pass the drop test near term.”
There is very less chance that Apple might manage to release the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 launch this year. However, if that happens, it would come only after mid-November, much later than Apple’s typical iPhone release schedule.